Troubleshooting cut quality problems

Some cut quality problems are caused by mechanical and electrical problems from an old or poorly maintained cutting machine; others are related to the process itself.

With so many variables in the cut quality equation, how do you begin to troubleshoot?

Here we discuss critical process variables that affect cut quality. By carefully controlling these variables, you can minimize or eliminate problems and the associated costs of secondary operations or scrap parts.

Common cutting problems:

  1. Parts have too much dross (slag)
  2. Want better cut angularity (taper)
  3. Incomplete cuts (not cutting through the material)
  4. Want better hole quality

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